The Church

Assemble Sound is headquartered in an historic Church in front of the iconic Michigan Central Station in Roosevelt Park in Detroit, MI. The building was originally constructed in 1871 as “St. Paul’s” by a German Protestant congregation that some suspect had been meeting since as early as 1840. The Sanctuary, its adjoined Rectory, and its adjacent Pastor’s Residence were left untouched when the City razed almost all of the surrounding neighborhood to create Roosevelt Park after the construction and opening of Michigan Central Station in 1913. During the station’s busiest years leading up to WWII, the church would have been the first thing passengers saw after arriving in Detroit in hopes of finding work in the city’s booming auto industry. In the 1950’s the Church was sold to the House of Israel, who operated the religious campus until selling to La Iglesia to Jesus Christo in the early 1980s. The Hispanic congregation convened in the building until they sold it to Grace-to-Grace Lutheran Church in 1999. Grace-to-Grace operated out of the building regularly until 2010, when they began to convene less and less frequently. In March of 2015, Grace-to-Grace recognized our vision for the historic property, and blessed us with the opportunity to purchase it.

There is no doubt that over the last nearly 150 years a diversity of people and beliefs have convened within the walls of this Church. We enter this historical narrative, and do so recognizing that we too convene people around a shared belief– A belief that collaboration and cooperation can be a foundation of creative and economic success for musicians and the local ecosystem they represent. We don’t necessarily know if this belief is true, but we’re going to pretend it is, enact it, and see what happens.

During the 1980s, a second story was built across the 360 degree balcony that circumscribed the sanctuary of the church, covering the vaulted ceiling, original woodwork, and a 1909 Estey Pipe Organ. As we build the Assemble Sound initiative, so too are we improving the Church; slowly but surely working to restore it to its original grandeur. We, much like our home, are a constant work in progress. Watch us work. Help us build.

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The Studio

Assemble Sound operates a multi-room collaborative recording studio with a rotating group of in-house “resident” bands, producers, and songwriters. Any sessions booked at the Church are “open,” meaning up to two Assemble residents may sit in to work with you should they so choose. You can pay a fee to make a session private. Our equipment is fine. We’re not rich, but we make hot records.

For studio inquiries hit us up using this form.

 

The Residency

At the core of our studio is the Assemble Sound resident community, a cohort of musicians who have 24/7 access to the Church. Ranging from hip-hop producers to rock guitarists and pop-writers, residents exemplify the creativity, passion, work ethic, diversity, and commitment to Detroit that we believe the local music scene should champion. Residents are chosen by existing Residents and the Assemble Sound Executive Committee. Applications are rolling, and residency durations are currently undefined. We’ll figure this shit out as we go. Submit an application form below if you’d like, but we’re also just always looking for you.  

Fill out this form to be added to our consideration queue.

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Programs

From community dinners to album previews, educational programs to artist interviews, Assemble Sound believes that the more we convene as artists, the better our work will become and the more likely we are to make that work sustainable. Sometimes “program” is just a euphemism for hanging out intentionally. Send us program ideas using this form

Give us your email address if you want to hear about any programs we’re putting on.

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Assemble Sound Subscribers

 

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